Kidapawan allots P350T for fruit galore

The fruit galore is one of the highlights for the weeklong celebration of the 5th Timpupo (harvest) Festival, which opens on October 9.

City Investment and Promotion division chief Maria Fe Pame said the amount will be used to purchase exotic fruits.

Pame said makeshift bamboo huts with various fruits will be lined up under the pine trees along a 1.5-kilometer stretch of Quezon boulevard where visitors may partake of fruits for free.

“Our visitors coming from various towns in North Cotabato and even as far as
Luzon and the Visayas will have a chance to savor our fruits for free,” Pame

The city government decided to increase from 800 meters to 1.5-kilometer the
line of makeshift huts along the Quezon boulevard islands to accommodate
more visitors.

“We are expecting an influx of constituents and visitors from other places
that would probably join the eat-all-you-can. That’s the very reason why the
city government prepared tons of fruits,” Pame said.

Festival organizers have also scheduled activities other than the fruit galore for the weeklong celebration.

These are the inter-collegiate cheer dance competition, fruit float parade, trade fair display, fruit game for the out of school youth and fruit eating contest.

On October 15, culmination day of the festival, participants coming from different towns of North Cotabato and South Cotabato will participate in the Timpupo Street dancing competition.

Pame said 10 groups of street dancers have already confirmed their participation hoping to bring home the cash prize worth P75,000.

The final stage of the street dancing competition will be held at the Kidapawan City Pilot Elementary school grounds. (Williamor A. Magbanua/MindaNews)